DAN network exhibitions


Poetry evening in Park’s Cafe, Droitwich

Somewhere Between Rose and Black

by Claire Walker

A poetry pamphlet from V. Press

Join us for the launch event at Park’s Café-Bar, Victoria Square, Droitwich, Worcestershire WR9 8DS

Saturday December 9th, 7.00 – 9.00 pm

Free, open to the public, no booking required (except for food).

“There is a disquiet that moves through these poems. Walker explores what it means to create a sense of home, and how the people within it build our longings around us. Beautiful work by a rising star in poetry. These are words that linger after the last page.” Angela Readman

“Claire Walker’s quiet, almost still, narrative through these poems could reflect their rural setting or the sadness within the protagonist, yet that quietness is deceptive. There are passions here amid the juxtaposition of man and stag. These poems will have you checking your fingernails for soil, seeing antlers in your peripheral vision.” Brett Evans

Rhys Jones’s portraits in Park’s Cafe

Droitwich Arts Network is proud to bring together many creative people of Droitwich area. Amongst the painters, crafters and mixed media artists, there is a very active group of photographers. Rhys Jones is an accomplished photographer and DAN current treasurer, and the most creditable person for organising the very first ArtsFest in Droitwich. 

In the Park’s Café, Rhys exhibits 7 portrait photographs of the local people – John B., DAN member, dressed for the Artist in View last summer; Laura D. of Fresh Nous; a MadCap Theatre actor; a little girl, a boy dressed up for the wedding; Karen T. from The Big Bra Lady; a girl dancer. 

Hanbury Hall closing celebration

Hanbury Hall exhibition was closed on Monday 30th October with a small celebration, that includes trophy exchanging, poetry reading and food. The general feeling is, and the numbers proved it, that this year’s exhibition is the best so far. The quality of artworks, number of visitors (3358!) and their positive feedback, as well as enthusiasm of all stewards during the three weeks of the exhibition, was the best ever. The spirit of Droitwich Arts Network was clearly visible at all points and the success was a natural result. 

Peter Hawkins (DAN vice chair), Julia Hunt (2016 winner), Kenneth Robinson (2017 winner) and John Bodley

The library exhibitions in October and November

Each month the library in Droitwich town centre (Victoria Square) is hosting the artworks of DAN members. It is a free display of one picture over the period of two weeks and therefore is a cheap & cheerful way to show your art and present your artistic activities with a printed material, such as bio, artist statement, business cards, leaflets… 

This October DAN was represented by two textile artists, Jane Spencer and Tamara Jelača. Jane has displayed a beautiful felted picture of Missy, the dog. It was a great display that attracted many curious eyes of the library visitors. Tamara’s display was the small hand embroidered bird in a dramatic movement (possible a fall). 

November has started with a meticulous pastel “Autumn Whispers” by Andy Jenkins. Anybody who ever tried to use pastels will recognise the amount of talent and technical skill that he reveals in this picture. Andy’s picture is on display until 11th November.

Karen Harmon will show her artwork in the last two weeks of November (11 – 25 November). 

All dates for 2017 are now booked, but the calendar for the upcoming 2018 will be announced soon and open to all DAN members. 

For the information about the exhibitions in the library and other venues, please visit dedicated page